Six visitors and a black labrador called Aussie enjoyed a woodland walk near Parkend. Lack of frosts has lead to less intense colours so far this Autumn but the sunlight enhanced the golds and yellows that graced many of the trees.
Ten walkers on the weekly woodland walk from Whitemead, Parkend spotted a bobcat at the side of the forest track. This type of bobcat however is not one of the furry kind – it is of the mechanical variety.
A Bobcat seen in the Forest of Dean
Walkers on the guided walk from Whitemead were able to appreciate the effect on the tree canopy of the chestnut trees in full flower.
Seen from a viewpoint, patches of a lighter shade of green are imparted by the flowering chestnut trees giving the distant canopy a subtle mottled effect at this time of year.
Later the guests were able to see some young trees at close quarters from the Family Cycle Trail.
Chestnut trees were reportedly introduced to Britain to provide the Roman army with porridge which could be made from the ground down nuts.
Whitemead guests brave the heat on the Summer Solstice.
Fifteen Guests from Boundless (formerly C.S.M.A.) at Whitemead and a Terrier dog enjoyed a Woodland Walk from Parkend on the summer’s hottest day to date. The walk started just before 10am – that’s more than 5 hours after sunrise on the longest day of the year.
To counter the sun, there was plenty of shade provided by the trees lining the Forest tracks. The guests enjoyed seeing the wild roses that bloom on the New Fancy Viewpoint and hearing the croak of a lone Raven perched high in a tree.
Improvements are currently being made to the vehicle access to the Whitemead grounds.
Whitemead guests enjoy the view from New Fancy.
A 7.5 Km walk failed to deter these young visitors to Whitemead. After inspecting the Geomap, the guests watched a pair of Swifts high above the viewpoint. A bird-watcher described the habits of the Swifts and told us how they spent much of their lives “on the wing”.